Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 4130

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Commercial Arranging

Semester Approved: Spring 2012
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2017
End Semester: Spring 2018

Catalog Description: This course focuses on the practical application of composition skills learned in Music Theory I-IV. Emphasis will be placed on the creation of musical arrangements for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. Topics of study will include the ranges and colors of instruments and voices and their idiomatic styles. Additional topics will include an emphasis on commercial arranging, alteration, and other forms of musical adaptation and their relation to copyright laws and licensing.

Semesters Offered: Fall
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 3; Lab: 0
Clock/Hour Requirements: 0

Prerequisites: Music Theory IV (MUSC 3120)

Justification: Arranging courses are typically required of music composition majors throughout the state of Utah and are a standard part of music major degrees at most colleges and universities accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Courses in commercial arranging are also typically found in commercial music programs throughout the United States.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to write idiomatic and appropriate arrangements for a variety of instrumental and vocal combinations, especially those commonly encountered in commercial music. Students will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary instrumental and vocal styles as well as all musical terms associated with these styles. Using a variety of compositional techniques, students will compose short works that are easily understood and playable by other musicians.  

Course topics will include instrumental and vocal ranges, idiomatic instrumental styles, melodic interpretation and variation, harmonic and rhythmic backgrounds, music color and texture, copyright law, and commercial music styles and historical practices.

Key Performance Indicators:
Students in this course will be evaluated using the following methods:

Presentations: Students will compose short arrangements for a variety of instrumental and vocal combinations that are technically correct, playable by other students in the course, and written in a proper range for each instrument/voice in the ensemble. 

Exams: Through written exams students will define specific musical terms associated with commercial arranging styles, music theory, traditional arranging practices, and copyright law. 









Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Modern Arranging Technique by Gordon Delamont. Kendor Music, Inc. Current Edition.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 18
Optimum Class Size: 12